The Rails Swim/Dive team held the first annual Back-To-The-Board Varsity Dive Invite on Monday, August 22. The dive invite included 14 divers from five schools – Ames, Boone, Dowling, Johnston and Lincoln.
The Rails did great! Junior, Jolynn Harris narrowly edged out Jayna Misra, an Ames sophomore, for the overall victory with a final score of 470.40 vs. 468.45! Annie Noll took third with a 373.75.
“It was exciting to win my first meet this season. I’m aiming for a state championship in diving and meets like to tonight help me get closer to my goal. Plus – my teammates did well too, so it was a great night for Rails Diving!” said Jolynn Harris.
The Rails decided to offer this invite because it fills a void for divers looking to have an early 11 dive meet. Our Back-To-The-Board invite allows coaches and divers to look ahead to mid-late September, when invites are more common, and set real goals for those competitions. The chance to dive early and set a benchmark is great for our divers and we hope to see it pay off come the end of season.
- Haley Allen dove a 249.85. That’s about 15 points better than her previous best!
- Kristina Toben six dives worth at least 30 points, which will be a big help reaching her season goals.
- Chloe Pearson dove her first official 11 dive meet! Her score of 339.65 puts two points above last years cut score.
- Jolynn Harris dove her second best score with 9 of 11 dives having a score of 40 points or higher!
Here’s just a few shots from the meet. When the divers compete at dual meets, then our parent photographers snap some live-action shots too. Be sure to check out the photo website to see them all.
Next Dive Meet
Rails vs. SE Polk | Sept. 6 at 5:30PM: The Rails have their first home meet and face the Rams in what will be an exciting meet! Diving is going to play a key role in the final team score of the evening, so it’s going to be a great meet to watch. Diving takes place after the 50 Freestyle, usually around 5:45PM.